View Full Version : Resize XP partition after its already installed?

Apr 6, 2006, 08:53 PM
Does anyone know of a non-destructive way to repartion the XP partition to make it larger after XP has already been installed? These dang games now days take up too much space, and so does XP!

Apr 7, 2006, 01:08 AM
While I can't answer your question, your post promptd me to think of making a guide about lightening a Windows installation. Here it is:

Apr 7, 2006, 02:23 PM
I was actually wondering about this myself. Any light anyone can shed on this would be helpful. Would using Disk Utility to resize the partitions be destructive?

Apr 8, 2006, 04:43 AM
Dont have an answer, but worst case theres a method for uninstalling boot camp and windows, then you could start all over again( it resizes it to your old osx partition), which would suck

Apr 9, 2006, 04:15 AM
bump, anyone know how to do this yet?

Apr 9, 2006, 09:54 AM
I'm pretty sure there isn't a way, Even if you could use whatever process Apple did, it'd be destructive to the Windows partition if you made it NTFS and probably even if you made it FAT32. You could use Partition Magic for Windows but I'm 99% sure that would be destructive of your HFS+ partition.

Apr 9, 2006, 10:46 AM
Yes, there is a way.

A Windows (NT/XP) partition can be resized non-destructively. Most modern Linux installations do this all the time, infact, I've recently done it myself.

I am not certain how boot camp works, having never used it, but one thing you might try:

Download Ubuntu linux, burn the cd, and begin as if you were going to install Linux.

Before a single thing is installed, it has you set up your parition table, where you can create/delete/resize partions.

At this point you'd be able to resize the Windows partion, and create any new ones (ext2/ext3 should be recognized on a Mac). Once you write the partion table to disk, you can abort the installation without having installed anything, and go through with whatever your plans were.

Be warned though: Resizing an existing partion can take a pretty long time for the system to do. And, once written to disk, any changes you make cannot be undone.

Sep 28, 2007, 03:11 AM
Anyone tried this or have any success stories with other attempts?

Or how about iPartition?